Franey Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Franey Trail is a 7.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
383 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

muddy

One of the more popular trails on the East Side of the Cabot Trail, Franey offers a great view point down a valley and over Ignomish and Middle Head. One can hike up and back the trail or make a loop by taking a Forest Road back down. The trail is well maintained but is steep in some locations, but steps are usually provided. The Forest Road takes you by a lake and offers potential for wildlife viewing.

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6 days ago

Great hike. Incredible views of the Ingonish area. This was our first time hiking Franey. We've hiked Skyline numerous times. The views from Franey are more breath taking then Skyline.

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7 days ago

Amazing view

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1 month ago

Nice views, a lake, some small streams. I recommend going up counter clockwise for an easier accent.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the scenery

1 month ago

Tough but good to the top. Great views on top. Gravel road down

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1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail! It is 1400+ feet to the top. The app says this is a moderate trail , however, I consider it very challenging. The first half is about a 45 degree incline to the top, over rocks and roots and the second half , although not as picturesque, is easier walking however there is loose rock terrain making your footing uncertain. Lots of signs of wild life (bear scat, moose droppings , and coyote). Didn't happen to run in to any though ( thankfully). If you want a great work out and about 4 hours of hiking, this trail doesn't disappoint. Bring lots of water! One bottle is not enough! I agree with others who have said , when you think you're at the top you're not! Keep going until you see the red chair! Stunning views make all your hard work worth it.

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1 month ago

Not outstanding in summer. The view from the top is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the hike up there unless you just really like walking through the forest. However, I think this would be stunning in fall.

I definitely wouldn't do the entire loop unless you're there in fall. The southeast portion of the trail is probably what most folks do first. I would do an out and back along this route. The longer portion (that I don't recommend) is so buggy. There were just so many flies and sweat bees that weren't present on the first half. Plus, it's longer, and there's not really anything to see.

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1 month ago

The first half is pretty challenging if you're someone who's used to being at sea level, but the views are 100% worth it. The second half of the loop is pretty boring, but easy.

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3 months ago

The Climb is well worth the Views

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4 months ago

Great hike! We did this on a beautiful day at the end of April and there was still a lot of snow on the trail, so much that we were able to snowshoe the whole thing. Great views and had the mountain to ourselves. Saw lots of animal tracks and a couple piles of bear scat. We couldn't do the loop as the trail was snowed out still so took the fire road up and down. Highly recommend!

4 months ago

Nice relatively easy hike with a great payoff at the end.